I’ve been working with Jamal Tillery for over a year. Artist name, “Yes Lord”. There is something so compelling about this man, that he is in my thoughts almost every day. When you do artist development you get very close to the artists and they become family. But Jamal is in a different class. He is one of the most insightful, brilliant and talented people I have ever worked with, always open to new ideas. I recently had a call with him where I gave him a bit of a kick in the shins to ramp things up and he responded with a positive, “Ghezzi, you’ve got me fired up now!” Jamal is the total package. He has a degree in Criminal Justice, an MBA and just completed his second Master’s degree in Education. He works in Chicago with High Risk Youth, putting his life on the line every day to help keep these kids off the streets. He is a devoted father, husband, and works tirelessly with NPO’s to give back to his community. His rap is some of the best I’ve ever heard and he is crazy handsome to boot. He has about 70K fans and has gotten into the finals of national contests with the likes of major companies like Dodge for Licensing deals. The man has it going on.
But what strikes me most, what moves me about Jamal, is the way he treats people. He has one of the most generous giving spirits I have ever encountered. After coaching calls with Jamal, I feel like a better person. I feel inspired, excited about life and new possibilities; the world just seems like a better place. It’s about respect. He goes out of his way to always be respectful and thoughtful with everyone he meets. It stays with you, like the sweet scent of bread baking in the morning or the incredible pleasure you get from that perfect first cup of coffee that starts your day. The way Jamal treats me is a beautiful thing. I learn from him every time we talk. Now whether or not Jamal ends up being a household name in the business IMO is up to him. If he wants it bad enough, he can make it happen. I can guide and help him but ultimately he is the master of his fate. But one thing I know for sure, everyone he meets along the way will be changed for the better just from knowing him. He has a massive powerful spirit. If he takes that leap and breaks through in the business, people will never forget him he WILL have longevity in music. He is impossible to forget. When you treat people well they WANT to help you. They will go to the ends of the earth to try and make it happen. Maya Angelou said it best, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”